Presenting: FY 2009 Grants
Some details of the projects listed below are subject to change, contingent upon prior Endowment approval.
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American Masterpieces: Presenting |
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
American Masterpieces: Presenting
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
To support the Aunt Ester Series, an exploration into the role of older women in African American culture. The presentations of masterworks by African American artists will include performances, film screenings, a photography exhibition, and educational activities.
Brooklyn Information & Culture, Inc. (on behalf of Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts Festival)
To support Celebrate Brooklyn's presentation of Fred Niblo's 1925 silent film Ben Hur: Tale of the Christ, with a live performance of Carl Davis's musical score. The free event will be part of 32nd annual festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell.
City Parks Foundation
New York, NY
To support Revolution, a series of performances featuring the work of influential New York City artists. During the 25th anniversary of Central Park SummerStage, free performances will take place in Central Park and three New York City communities.
Columbia College Chicago (on behalf of Center for Asian Arts and Media)
To support Visions & Revision: The Flower Drum Song Project of the Center for Asian Arts and Media. Components will include a musical theater performance, film series, and educational activities celebrating Asian Americans on Broadway and in Hollywood.
Dartmouth College (on behalf of Hopkins Center)
To support presentations of influential works and residency activities at the Hopkins Center. Performer Meredith Monk, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and choreographer Trisha Brown will participate in workshops, post-performance discussions, school visits and matinees, master classes, and public discussions.
El Teatro Campesino
San Juan Bautist, CA
To support the restaging of La Pastorela (The Shepherds' Play). The multidisciplinary, traditional work adapted by playwright Luis Valdez, choreographer Janet Johns, and composer Tim Tompkins, will be enhanced and documented for future presentations.
To support the FirstWorks Mastery Series honoring master performing artists. Works by Pauline Oliveros, Bobby McFerrin, and Michael Moschen will be presented.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Ltd.
To support American Masterpieces concerts celebrating American jazz music and dance. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Charles Mingus Repertory Ensembles, José Limón Dance Company, and Southern Methodist University Dance EnsembleWorks will present work by jazz composers Charles Mingus and Thad Jones and choreographers Danny Buraczeski and Anna Sokolow.
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
To support Pacific Connections, a performance and residency program by Hawaiian master artists. Composer and taiko artist Kenny Eno and NEA National Heritage Fellowship recipients and hula masters Pualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka'ole will perform contemporary expressions of works based on their traditional roots.
Montgomery County Community College, Pennsylvania
Blue Bell, PA
To support American Masterpieces: The Jazz Age, presentations of dance and music. The programs will feature works of pianist and composer/arranger Mary Lou Williams and two jazz-inspired works performed by the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.
Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
To support Kingdom Coming: A Masterpiece of Black Vaudeville. The string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, ragtime pianist Reginald Robinson, and jazz tap dancer Reggio McLaughlin will recreate the African American vaudeville experience.
Ozark Foothills Filmfest, Inc.
Locust Grove, AR
To support film screenings and a concert of traditional Cajun music by the Savoy Family Band. As part of the ninth annual Ozark Foothills FilmFest, filmmaker Les Blank will screen and discuss his films Marc and Ann (1991) and J'a Et Au Bal (I Went to the Dance) (1989), both portraits of Cajun musicians and their dedication to the preservation of Cajun culture.
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (aka PICA)
To support the presentation of Block Ice & Propane, a musical work featuring Lee Friedlander's photography. Developed by his son, avant-garde jazz and classical cellist Erik Friedlander, the work will be presented as part of the 2009 Time-Based Art Festival.
Pregones Touring Puerto Rican Theatre Collection, Inc. (aka Pregones Theater)
To support the March is Music-May is Dance Series, which features master Puerto Rican artists. Violinist Henry Hutchinson Negrón, choreographer/dancer Arthur Aviles, and poet Sandra María Esteves will perform and participate in residency activities during the theater's 30th- anniversary season.
St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts, Inc. (aka St. Ann's Warehouse)
To support an adaptation of theater artist Lee Breuer's multidisciplinary work The Shaggy Dog Animation at St. Ann's Warehouse. The restaged work will include a live jazz trio and singers, computer animation, video, puppetry, and theater companies Mabou Mines and Tandem Otter.
Su Teatro (aka El Centro Su Teatro)
To support Cornerstones of Culture: Nuyorican Masters Dazzle Denver. El Centro Su Teatro will present performances and educational activities by the music group Los Pleneros de la 21 and Pregones Touring Puerto Rican Theatre during the inaugural season in its new multidisciplinary performing arts facility.
Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust
To support Oklahoma Landscapes: A Plains State of Mind. The three-part presentation will feature works by theater, literary, and visual artists from Oklahoma and the American West.
University Musical Society
Ann Arbor, MI
To support the presentation of a series of American masterworks. Programs will feature performances of Western classical and contemporary music, jazz and modern dance along with master classes, lectures, and educational activities for students.
University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (on behalf of Lied Center of Kansas)
To support the Lied Center's American Masterpieces: Three Decades of Creativity and Innovation series. Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Kronos Quartet will perform seminal works and participate in residency activities, including lectures, master classes, and audience talkback conversations.
University of Notre Dame du Lac
Notre Dame, IN
To support the American Masterpieces series at the DeBartolo Center. Kronos Quartet, jazz singer Dianne Reeves, and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform American standards in music and dance.
University of Washington (on behalf of UW World Series)
To support the reconstruction and presentation of choreographer Trisha Brown's Opal Loop/Cloud Installation #72503 (1980) by the UW World Series, with accompanying educational activities. The Trisha Brown Dance Company will join Japanese visual artist Fujiko Nakaya for an evening of repertory works at Meany Hall for the Performing Arts.
Virginia Arts Festival, Inc. ( Consortium)
To support the remounting of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, with accompanying educational activities. In collaboration with the Virginia Orchestra Group, the multidisciplinary work will be performed by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Virginia Children's Chorus, and Todd Rosenlieb Dance.
World Music Institute, Inc.
New York, NY
To support a multidisciplinary series of performances featuring dance artists and major figures in jazz and world music, such as NEA Jazz masters Candido Camero and Randy Weston. The 25th anniversary series will be presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Number of Grants: 23 Total Amount: $1,000,000
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